Such a fun, easy and delicious small bite dessert for the summer. These mini balsamic strawberry and cream popsicles are the perfect sweet treat for your next summer gathering!Six years ago I joined a little blogging community under a different blog name (RIP Peace, Love and Food). I tried my hand at making recipes and posted pictures like this gem. Yes, this was my very first Redux recipe – Blueberry Basil Lemonade Fizz!It’s so crazy to me that Recipe Redux is turning six this month (and that I’ve been blogging for seven years now)! It’s been awesome to watch this blogging community blossom and grow and to be a part of it every (well, mostly every) month. I love the challenge of figuring out a new recipe that will fit the monthly theme and connecting with other bloggers who post their recipes on the same day each month. When you’re a blogger, your work can feel a little lonely at times. You’re staring at your computer like hellooooo anyone out thereeeee? And it’s these communities and rockstar dietitians like Regan, Deanna and Serena who founded Recipe Redux that make the blogging world seem a little smaller and a little less lonely. So this month I’m celebrating Recipe Redux’s sixth birthday with a small bite dessert: these adorable mini balsamic strawberry and cream popsicles!I love roasting strawberries in balsamic vinegar. You might remember that from my balsamic roasted strawberry shortcake I posted a few years back. I know it sounds a little weird – vinegar on strawberries, in dessert?! But trust me, it’s amazing. The vinegar actually helps to elevate the sweetness of the strawberries.
These popsicles are super easy to make. Roasted strawberries. Kefir. Done. See, wasn’t that easy? You can totally make these in regular popsicle molds but if you want to be all cutesy and make mini pops, you can use Dixie bath cups as the mold. And then I cut these decorative straws in half for the sticks. But you can use a regular popsicle stick – whatever you have on hand will do.You can be sure everyone will love these pops, even the kiddos. My husband, who is a kid at heart, DIED over these. I mean he’s a popsicle guy anyways but I kid you not he asked three different times what I put in these popsicles, as if I would finally divulge some secret delicious ingredient to him. He couldn’t believe they were just strawberries and kefir (and balsamic vinegar and maple syrup). You probably won’t believe it either.
Enjoy these mini popsicles at your next summer BBQ. These would be totally cute for a 4th of July party too – throw some blueberries in there and you’ve got your red, white and blue!I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m just getting back from a work meeting in Quebec City and Steve will be in NYC this weekend so I’m hoping to kick back and relax a little. And eat a few of these popsicles ;).
- 1 lb. strawberries, de-stemmed and halved
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
- 1 1/2 cups plain kefir
- Dixie bath cups
- Decorative straws, cut in half
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place strawberries onto baking sheet and toss with balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Roast in oven for 30-35 minutes or until tender, turning over every 10-15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
- In a small bowl mix kefir with remaining maple syrup.
- Add cooled strawberries to a blender and blend to a thick puree.
- Line up dixie cups on baking sheet. For a marbled look, layer strawberries and kefir in each dixie cup. Use a straw to gently swirl the layers together. Push straw about 3/4 way into cup. Place the cups on the tray into the freezer and freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
- Before serving, remove from freezer and gently peel back paper cup from popsicle.
Tell me, do you have a go-to popsicle recipe? Have you tried strawberries roasted in balsamic vinegar?